Use Skype instead of video conferencing, HC tells state
The Bombay High Court yesterday suggested that the state government use Skype video call facilities instead of the present video conferencing (VC) links to reduce the cost incurred by the state on police escorts for producing prisoners in courts
The division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and A P Bhangale was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Shaikh Abdul Naeem, an accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case, claiming that he is not being produced in court because there is no police escort available. In the last hearing, the prison authorities had suggested the use of VC facility for producing accused in courts.
The high court said that instead of installing LCD television sets and other gadgets for video conferencing, the government could use Skype instead. “Almost all lower courts have computer facilities. All that you [the government] have to do is install a data connection and then use Skype. In the long run this will be cheaper than installing LCD sets in each and every court,” Justice Khanwilkar said.
The court added that installing Skype would be less expensive and the state would not incur any additional costs. The court directed the government to take advice from the Information Technology secretary on the issue and posted the matter for further hearing on March 14. “Skype is compatible with 3G mobile connections these days. Then it can be easily used with broadband net connections,” the court said.